Reading groups and websites

I tried to create a new website using WordPress and a static page. Wow, that was hard. Either I couldn’t figure it out, or you really have no freedom. I went back over to Wix and was able to do what I wanted, which was to change the colors. Easy peasy. It’s all done now at niccicarrera.com, if you want to take a look, but basically, the colors are like this blog site. I did add the draft blurb for the new book to the Books tab.

What a relief to have another book coming for my website and my blog sidebars! I can’t wait for the cover. As for the edits, I think I’ll take a sedative before opening that email, LOL.

Anyway, I made some colors I really like in Photoshop and put them in color swatches. Then I copied the Hex code for the color from the color in Photoshop and went to Wix, to the background color, opened the custom color option, found the Hex # field, and pasted the number. Done.

WordPress.com doesn’t seem to let you change the colors. You have to use a theme, and they give you a couple of their palettes to go with it. I bet they help keep you from putting up clashing colors, but I want total freedom. I am building swatches from Latin American colors, really vibrant. However I avoided using my beautiful intense red. Even I know one had better know what one is doing before using red. For one thing it looks like blood. I also have a gorgeous green, but I heard you have to be careful with that too. Ditto yellow. That leaves blue, LOL! I did get wild and crazy and put pink in the menu background color. Pink was not in my palette, but I figured pink is safe. Oh…and the blue? Photoshop transformed it into a Web friendly version. I figured I’d better accept the advice on that one. So, basically, I was railroaded into one main color that was a little like my original vision. But I’m happy with the outcome.

I need to start learning about design. My local community college has classes, but I’m going to try the library first. I’d like to learn the principles of color in web design and about visual branding. That way I can have the freedom that comes with knowledge to add to the freedom that comes with Wix.

Today’s photos are from a sunset I caught in Campbell before my romance reading group. I love yellow houses. We are going to paint our house yellow. I’m really excited about that. But our house isn’t wooden like this, nor does it have a white picket fence. My husband says a white picket fence would clash with the style of our house. I think he’s probably right, sigh.

Yellow house at twilight windows reflecting the sunset

A cozy house at twilight

On the bright side, I looked up what is required to build a fence. Since we are Do-It-Yourselfers, no thanks.

I thought the library looked really nice in the light of sunset.

I love libraries. 

Well this is it. It’s Friday. Or in the case of Australia, Saturday.

What do you plan to do this weekend? Any cooking, writing, photography, socializing, or sleeping in? Reading? Sports?

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17 thoughts on “Reading groups and websites

  1. anroworld

    Lovely cozy pictures! Hm, plan for weekend…it’s always difficult to plan anything, I like staying outdoors, visiting some of my relatives…but before dealing with some usual tasks like cleaning and cooking…as well as dreaming! Wish you wonderful weekend!

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      1. Nicci Post author

        It’s great to cook ahead. Even though I’m no longer working to survive, I like to keep a lot of time free to work on writing during the week so I keep some of the same routines I had when I worked a day job. I find even in retirement a work week has a good rhythm to it. I just cleaned the bathroom. 😉

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  2. Cynthia Harrison

    Love yellow houses and picket fences. You are amazing doing all this website stuff yourself. I just go with the template and don’t mess around. I actually have a person I pay when I need things done other than writing posts, haha. Happy for you on the book being almost done. Those edits are never as bad as I think they’re going to be, but I know exactly what you mean. I put off opening them too until AFTER the weekend. Which is almost over:)) Good luck!

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    1. Nicci Post author

      Hi Cynthia, I really hope you’re right about the edits!

      I just started writing another book, three days ago. I’m excited about it, and I can already feel having it going on is going to provide a measure of protection against thehard work and emotional reactions that lie ahead on the one that is in the editing phase. I wish I could continue in this cocoon of happiness forever, but I know that the only way to get the book out on the web for people to read is to go through the meat grinder and get the work done.

      I adore your site. It is beautiful and professional. I have some kind of a need for visual expression, and I love digital visual expression, so that’s why I’m taking baby steps to do my own website design. I’d like to get better at it.

      Thanks for coming by! Fun to find out you love yellow houses and picket fences too. Neat.

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  3. sherijkennedyriverside

    Gorgeous photos! I love the ones of the library at sunset. Congrats on another book coming! I got to actually rest for half a day this weekend after finishing the prep for my Wednesday book release party for Likeness…at last!!
    I was able to do custom colors on my theme for FreeValley Publishing’s site on WordPress. It totally depends on which theme you go with – some are very versatile. But it’s hard to tell from the quick descriptions of the themes. On my ‘riverside site I went with very stock options that I thought would show photos well. It’s not the best for reading longer blocks of text however, so I went with white on FVP since it is for literary info and snippets.
    Great job on your new site. I suspect your library would have a great class to get you started, and really web design is all about practice once you get sources for technique and some of the latest trends. Have fun!

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    1. Nicci Post author

      Thank you for explaining that about themes, Sheri. I will check out FreeValley Publishing. I hope to find some good sources for techniques. Playing with design is really fun.

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